A section of the Miraflores Locks collapses

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PanCanal management genius. Photo by the Panama Canal Authority.

Miraflores Locks collapse won’t much affect shipping

This collapsed section of the more than a century-old concrete structure that is the Miraflores Locks — the extreme southeast corner — is not a part that would cause a leak or obstruct the movement of ships. It is, however, cause for concern and will probably prompt testing in other, more critical, parts of the structure. There will be repairs or reconstruction and those might interfere with the locks’ operation, but the Panama Canal is fairly used to working around such things during its periodic overhauls.

 

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